With the campaign and the election behind us, some will be celebrating the arrival of the new president, while others will sadly and noticeably express their disappointment.
But however the results may be received by you or your political party, or conflict with your American dream, we all need to start a new chapter in our life and prepare for what the future may have written for all the citizens of this great nation.
It is time to hold some politicians accountable for their campaign promises and hope that those promises were not just that, simple campaign (read that fake) promises.
It is important to make America great again regardless of who the people elected and work together with the elected party, especially with the local and state elected officials, new or old.
We need to stop adding additional words to the way we express we are American citizens; no more saying African-American, Spanish-American, Asian-American, Mexican-American or using any other modifier to indicate that we are American citizens.
We all have to become Americans and leave any other nationality at our former home where it belongs, because that is the proper thing to do when adopting this country as our second home.
It is no secret that we all came from somewhere else, whether recently, years earlier, or even ages ago, but we all definitely have our roots elsewhere; and yes, we all may love that “elsewhere,” but we need to learn to love our new adopted country that has opened its arm to welcome us here.
Of course it is OK to be proud of our country of origin and to keep the memories alive, but it is like being in a second marriage; while one may remember the former spouse with fond memories, one does not tell the new spouse about all the good qualities of the ex-spouse.
When one becomes an American citizen, the oath is very similar to the one taken when one enlists in the United States Military, active duty or reserve: “I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and
allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”
Taking the oath to become an American citizen should feel like a sacred ceremony that may, or should, change our life for good.
The citizenship test is administered in English so most people who become American citizens have a notion of the English language; and we believe that the high price of the bilingual ballots could be avoided by printing the ballots only in English.
If a person becomes American, he or she should act, behave, and conduct him- or herself as an American at all times regardless of their love for their country of origin; if a person becomes a citizen, they should salute the American flag first.
If a person cannot respect, honor and salute the American flag, why would they want to become an American citizen?
People can be legal residents, giving them most of the benefits and privileges of citizens, but without the same responsibilities as citizens.
So what we are saying is if anyone cannot be loyal to their new country, they should not become a legalized citizen.
If a person cannot obey the law, follow the law and be loyal to the new setting that they have voluntarily chosen, they should not be starting a new life under false pretenses.
It is like this: if you do not love the person you are about to marry, do not marry that person; if you do not love the country you are adopting, do not adopt it.
If you love the country you are from more than this country, stay there, work there, participate in the politics of that country and try to improve their standard of living and economy and fight the political corruption in your own country before you attempt to put your nose in our problems.